This season’s biggest surprises thus far and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Check out the highlights of last night’s notable NHL games.

 NHL Headlines.

All Jaromir Jagr wants for Christmas is his four front teeth.

All Jaromir Jagr wants for Christmas is his four front teeth.

CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr lost some teeth after taking a stick to the mouth during his club’s win over the Ottawa Senators.

CALGARY HERALD: Johnny Gaudreau’s hat trick powered the Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, tying their franchise record for consecutive home wins (10) in a season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have also won eight of their last 10 to move within striking distance of a playoff berth in the Pacific Division. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: A lack of scoring punch contributed to the free-falling Canadiens fifth straight defeat and their 10th in their last 12 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  While the Canadiens obviously miss superstar goalie Carey Price (knee injury), their offense hasn’t been the same since gritty Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers) was sidelined a month ago. Unlike most of the Habs forwards, Gallagher created havoc in front of opposition nets, which also generated more in-close scoring opportunities. 

EDMONTON SUN: It’s nearly Christmas time, and the Oilers still aren’t out of playoff contention yet this season.

SPORTSNET: Rookie Connor Hellebuyck has arrived as the Winnipeg Jets’ new starting goalie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s see how he performs over the course of this season before awarding him that job. I recall folks were saying the same thing about Michael Hutchinson around this time last season .

SI.COM: The struggles of Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel are among this season’s surprises thus far.